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Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program

All Scholars in front of Dover Retreat Center

Each year since 1991, a select group of young men and women of outstanding talent and character have come to Boston College to embark on an integrated honors educational experience designed to embody the best of the university and its Jesuit heritage of educational excellence in service to society - the Boston College Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program.

The Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program works in tandem with the University's honors curricula, challenging Scholars over four years through summer programs focusing on service learning, international experience and professional internships. During the academic year, Scholars interact with one another on a weekly basis.  Each Tuesday night the Scholars gather to attend a cultural event, meet to discuss their academic disciplines, discuss career discernment or to work on special projects.

These gatherings are intended to nurture their development into the nation's future leaders. Presidential Scholars receive full tuition scholarships and all GPSP-sponsored summer programs are funded.

Presidential Scholars &
Alumni In The News

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Riley Soward '18 is number 13 on the BostInno Top 25 Start-up Founders Under age 25!  Click here for the article.

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Jeremy Zipple SJ '00 premiered his new video "For the Greater Glory of God" at Robsham.  Click here for full article.

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The class of 2018 has created a short video for their upcoming Social Justice Project on mass incarceration.  The Project is a two-part event, with the first event being a Poetry-Slam on October 20th, and the second event planned for April 5th, 2016. Event details will be posted when available.  Click here to view the video.

Fulbright award winners

Seniors Andrew Babbitt, and Frank DiRenno receive Fulbright Awards, with Daniel Cattolica and Paul Davey named as alternates.  For full article click here.

Senior finalists for award

Seniors Mary Rose Fissinger (center) and Alicia McKean (right) are finalists for Finnegan Award. For full article click here. 

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Juniors Lucas Allen (A&S) and Daniel Lundberg (LSOE) were mentioned in a Chronicle article about the BCVC competition. For the full article click here. 

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Junior Marissa Marandola Wins 2015 Harry S. Truman Scholarship. For full article click here. 

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Scholar Alum, Patricia Noonan '07 is a part of The Make It Fair Project ( ) which is a call for gender equality in the stories we tell, the wages we earn, and the future we shape. The goal is vast and so, as artists, the women behind #makeitfair decided to do what they do best: create.  The video they made was conceived and written by Patricia Noonan, Nadia Quinn, and Emily Tarver, and directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt. With original music by Zoe Sarnak and Nadia Quinn, music direction by Zoe Sarnak, cinematography and editing by Crystal Arnette, and produced by Patricia Noonan, Nadia Quinn, and Emily Tarver in association with Erica Rotstein. 

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Hagop Toghramadjian's, '17, essay  "National Identity and the Crisis of Democracy In the Arab Middle East" appears in the SCIR Journal Spring 2015 edition.  His article can be found on page 50.  For the full article click here.


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Isra Hussain '17 wins U.S. State Department Language Award.  For the full article click here.

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Sophomore Social Justice Project in the BC Chronicle. For the full article click here.

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Sophomore Social Justice Project in the news. Click here for the full article.

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An article in The Heights newpaper titled "Sophomore Presidential Scholars Set To Air Mental Health Documentary" by Kayla Fernando.  Click here to read the full article.

Photograph of senior Marie Pellissier '15

Marie Pellissier's, '15, research on pioneering woman of the American West, Susan LaFlesche Picotte, was made an entry on the Wikipedia website.  for the full article click here. 

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Alison Wawrzynek '14 was one of 9 Boston College students who received a Fulbright scholarship. For the complete article, click here.

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The Chronicle writes an article about the sophomore social justice project.

Congratulations to 6 Presidential Scholar ASG recipients!

The Class of 2016 is excited to announce that is officially live! Be sure to check it out to start reading "The Heart of This City: Boston Strong and Becoming Stronger" and learning about how you can remember the 2013 marathon attacks by helping this city become stronger. You can also join the facebook page at: and follow on their twitter feed:

The Class of 2016 is mentioned in a Boston Globe article about this year's Boston Marathon preparations, which highlights their social justice project.


Serving as the state captain of Students for Education Reform, Nate Schwan '15, writes an op-ed piece in The Boston Globe about a new bill that would transform the way English language learners are educated in Massachusetts.


A glimpse into the experience of Brooke Loughrin, GPSP'14, the first-ever U.S. Youth Observer at the United Nations. Video below:

Read the newest issue of Ex Libris  (available in PDF).  To read recent past issues of Ex Libris and archived GPSP news, click here.